Zimbabwe’s Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Nelson Chamisa, said that state-run telco TelOne’s fibre-optic network rollout programme should be finished by the end of this year, driven by a USD6.2 million annual budgetary allocation. ‘We initially anticipated that the cable rollout would be complete by the end of November but it should be complete by the end of this year,’ said Chamisa. The minister also explained that once completed, the network would have an operational capacity of 10Gbps which he claimed would take ‘up to five decades’ to exhaust in terms of demand. The government programme is expanding fibre-optic infrastructure in key cities and towns of the country while invitations are open to the private sector to implement a similar project in rural areas. The latest areas connected to the fibre grid include remote areas of Mberengwa, Chipinge, Nyazura and several remote districts in Matabeleland North and South.